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Subject: Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth*
Subject: I Can Just Imagine Them Showing This Film...
Subject: Oh. My. Lord.
Subject: Hamming it down
Subject: More Real Than Real
I wonder: how were the movies that explained how to deal with a serial killer???
Subject: I forgot one other thing
Subject: hot480277 is an asshole
Subject: WTF, junya?
Maybe they really were trying to show the process of childbirth and some basic techniques for keeping calm during a stressful situation (especially with a panicing bystander).
Take your bra out of the fire and get over yourself.
Oh, and the movie was pretty good.
Subject: Birth: don't try this at home, kids!
Ladies, obey this: a birth is best handled by a doctor (man). But if you can't get a doctor, then step back and let the police (man) do his job.
DON'T call a woman, like your neighbor, to do a man's job. She will not keep calm. She will be scared, get a flat tire, nag the man doing the job, overreact, then fish for compliments.
Woman at a birth: silly and frightened. Policeman at a birth: terrific.
How did humanity survive before we had robotic-voiced police/doctors to deliver babies, and had to rely on midwives, relatives, or neighbors - those silly frightened women? Wouldn't it make more sense to provide this training to the community (who will be there when needed) than diverting police from their job of upholding power and superiority through force?
Most importantly, I am in no way UNclear about what to do at a Sudden Birth!
Subject: Do Your Homework!
Subject: Good film for it's day.
In fact, these officers would have been excellent candidates for the Paramedics program that came into being in the 70's.
I think a lot of people forget that we have only had Ambulances with TRAINED people on them since 1970's.
Before that, it was hit or miss if you would live all the way to the hospital.
Subject: That baby's cooling off fast!
Subject: Keep Calm
Subject: I thought it all was real!
Thank the gods we have doowopbob to set us straight and give life changing advice concerning an obscure ephemeral film no gives a serious thought to. Keep looking out for us and pointing out inaccurate opinions on meaningless subjects. The douchebag can't even format his statements in a rational manner.
Subject: Think of volunteering to have a baby for this film!
4 stars for Mom!
Subject: bad acting, good film
Subject: An Observation
Subject: Additional remarks
I note that the producer's name is John Siegle (although I believe I only saw his credit listed as a cameraman).
I note my mom's credit (Marena Skibo -- her maiden name) was without specifics.
Subject: The Horror
Besides the REAL birth scene, the film is quite entertaining. Is it odd that the 'actress' is still spread eagle when the other cop pops his head in the car to say hello? The actors struggling with the script is hilarious. Also, the overall imagery (the classic cars and vintage dispatch controls) are quite aesthetically appealing.
Subject: ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂI Was Born In A Car For The Purpose Of An Instructional FilmÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
This is a film with a backstory just WAITING to be discovered, where is Andrea Lajoie and Timothy Lajoie now?
Subject: Go Berkeley PD!
Subject: Oh my Lord...
Subject: And then the water broke!
I saw "The Miracle of Birth" back in Jr. High but this film clearly blows it out of the water (further out of the water than when this ladies water breaks, watch the film you'll see what I mean).
Subject: A Must see! (Well, maybe not...)
However, the remarkable thing about this film is not that it merely features a live birth, but that it features a live birth in the back of an old 1950's automobile. Think about that for a moment... for the sake of educating police officers on handling an emergency birth, or perhaps because they paid her, or maybe cause she couldn't afford to go to the hospital, this courageous young woman consented to give birth to her son in the back seat of a car, surrounded by cameras and movie lights. I suspect that the automobile had been modified to function as a movie prop, with the windshield removed and the roof cut away. I'd love to know more about this woman, and her baby, who would be around 39 years old by now. Did the boy ever get to see the footage of his own birth? I have to assume that this wasn't her first child.
I have a friend who is a doula-- she assists women during birth, devoting all her attention to making them comfortable-- and I intend to reccomend this film to her. It seems to me that this would be a great thing to show any woman who is expecting her first child, and is apprehensive. Being a male, this is all pretty hypothetical for me, but it seems to me that if I were a woman in that situation, seeing a woman successfully (and voluntarily) give birth in the back seat of a car would be a great confidence builder. I'd be interested to find out what my friend would think about that.
I think this film succeeds wonderfully on its own terms. That is, if I were a policeman, I would feel much more prepared to handle this kind of emergency after seeing this short. It also succeeds for someone who might encouter this film on the net, and is either curious about childbirth or loves a weird vintage educational film. Ideally, I would give it four and a half stars, but since half stars are not an option here, and the last reviewer gave it such a low rating, I'm gonna give it a straight-up five!
Subject: OH MY.....